Mr Ren was appointed as a Director of the Company on 13 January 2006 and the Chairman on 18 March 2007. He is the founder of the Group and is currently responsible for the overall management and operations of the Group.
Mr Ren has over 40 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry, and has taken on various positions within the Group and its predecessors since 1973. From his humble beginnings as a worker, Mr Ren has transformed Yangzijiang to become a formidable force within the Chinese and global shipping industry with a vision to make Yangzijiang one of the most outstanding shipyard in the world. In spite of multiple foregoing challenges faced by the Company and industry, Yangzijiang has time and again emerged stronger under the capable leadership of Mr Ren.
Mr Ren was crowned the country winner of the Mainland China region at the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year China 2011 awards. Recognized globally, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards honour the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievements.
In 2014, Mr Ren was awarded the 2013-2014 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by the Chinese Enterprises Association, China Entrepreneurs Association and China Enterprise Management Science Foundation. The award is given in recognition of his success in heading Yangzijiang Shipbuilding and his contribution to the nation's social and economic development.
Mr Ren also holds a Diploma in Economics from Jiangsu Television Broadcasting University which he was conferred in 1986.
Mr Chen was appointed as Independent Director of the Company on 26 April 2013.
Mr Chen has more than three decades of management experience in banking, insurance, international finance and corporate advisory work. He has held positions in Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and Sun life Financial Inc.
He was formerly the General Manager, China for Sun Life Financial Inc., and the President & CEO of Sunlife Everbright Life Insurance Company in China.
Mr Chen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Tennessee and his Master's of Business Administration degree from Ohio State University. He received his Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr Teo is the Lead Independent Director of our Company. Mr Teo was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 28 July 2006, and was re-designated as Independent Director on 28 April 2009.
Mr Teo started his career as an Engineer with SGS-Thomson Microelectronics in 1996, and he joined Keppel Corporation Ltd's business development division in 1997. In 1999, Mr Teo joined Boston-based Advent International Private Equity Group, commencing his career in the direct investment business. Mr Teo is currently a Private Equity investor, managing buy-outs and direct investments in Asian companies in the chemical, engineering, manufacturing, industrial and technology sectors.
Mr Teo holds two Masters' degrees: Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering (1998) and Master of Science Degree in Applied Finance (2000) from the National University of Singapore. Mr Teo graduated from the same university with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) in 1996.
Mr Teo was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst by the CFA Institute in 2001.
Mr Xu was appointed as Non-Independent, Non-Executive director on 30 April 2014. Mr Xu possess more than 40 years of experience in marine industry, he graduated in Electrical Engineering from "Nan Jing Marine Institute" in the year of 1969. He joined Qing Dao Bei Hai Shipyard in the same year and later in 1975 he joined the COSCO Group to further his career until 1989.
In 1992, he acquired "West Gold International Pte Ltd" ("West Gold") (which was initially registered in Hong Kong). As the Chairman and Managing Director of West Gold, Mr Xu contributes greatly towards West Gold over the years, and shifted its headquarter from Hong Kong to Singapore in 1994.
West Gold is mainly engaged in shipbuilding, shipping-related businesses, including shipbuilding agency, ship chartering, ship navigation equipment and other marine equipment sales and technical services as well as business coverage in containers including reefer containers, storage as depot and repair and other related businesses with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and some major cities of Mainland China, as well as in Europe.